Sponsor Listings

Project Sponsors
(Big thanks from everyone!!)
***Page under construction. Many more sponsor listings to come!!!***

(alphabetical listing)

Alpine Bank; Financial donation, community support

City of Glenwood Springs; Giving us the funding and the support needed to go as far as we have! www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us

Garfield County, Colorado; a critical piece of our support web and funding

Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce; thank you for the support and help www.GlenwoodChamber.com

Hot Springs Lodge; Home of the world’s largest hot springs pool!! Thank you for your support!!

Pride in Work, LLC; website hosting, domain purchase, internet consultation


Site Map

Below is a map/satellite hybrid showing the exact location of the project site along the Colorado River in West Glenwood Springs. The project site is immediately off the I-70 exit in West Glenwood (exit 114). The feature is located just upstream of the Midland Ave Bridge.

Park builder

Build the Park Yourself!
Feel the gratifying sense that you’ve accomplished something useful! Click on image below to build the whitewater park yourself!

Skip all the meetings, fundraising, and construction! Do multiple years work with one click!

Where is the park? View satellite maps/imagery

Photo gallery: View photos of early product testing

Playboating glossary

Your Play Park Glossary

Hey, even if you are a poor kayaker, at least you don’t have to sound like one.  Impress your girlfriend (or boyfriend) by creating the impression that you know what you are talking about! Brush up on your playboater lingo and diction and be the armchair rodeo star on the banks of the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park.

Blunt- The staple of a wave rider’s repertoire.  A vertical carving turn performed on the face of steep wave.  Really good blunts can find you several feet in the air.

Boof- Paddling briskly (and with well-timed technique) to skip off a steep drop and launch you (hopefully) past the ensuing hydraulic at its bottom. A vigorous chunder (see subsequent entry) awaits should you fail at proper execution.

Cartwheel- Whee!  Vertical or near vertical rotations until you puke!  How many can you tolerate? This self-explanatory maneuver barely even nets points in today’s modern scoring system.  Also known as “throwing ends”.

Chunder- Ever been jealous of your Sunday laundry?  Powerful river hydraulics can give you that spin-cycle experience you always been curious about.

Flat spin- can you say old school?  While definetely not as ancient as the pirouette or the ender, this trick is definitely yesterday’s news. Still good fun, and well-worth mastering to spice up any bag of tricks.

Gaper- c’mon we all know one of these.  A gaper is anybody who calls a loop a “flip” or has a $429 AT bent shaft paddle but holds it upside down.  Also, anybody that yells from the bank, “How ‘bout a roll squirt?” certainly deserves this prestigious designation.

Helix- Inverted, fully aerial, 360-degree retentive rotation. Invented by Steve Fischer on the giant-water waves of Africa’s Zambezi River. Longhaired, freaky gapers need not apply.

Loop- Fully aerial front flip initiated by driving your bow into the green water of a steep hole and throwing your weight aggresively forward as you rocket upward.  Impressive, but does not carry the clout that it once did. Comes in “front” and “back” varieties.

Lunar Orbit- Sputnik did not orbit the moon but you can upon mastery of this Eric Jackson invented maneuver. Spinning, crossgrain, cartwheel-flip might describe it best.

McNasty- Another in the crowd of cutting edge tricks guaranteed to receive “ooos” from the crowd if performed correctly. Switch stern blast 360 into front loop combination.

Overly-retentive- any hole or wave that holds you for multiple tricks even if you are ready for it to let you go. (related entries: retentive, sticky, window shade, chunder)

Phonics Monkey- A rare species of river monkey (Lophocebus Kayakus) that lives along rivers and streams in Colorado and other paddle-friendly states.  Prefers to live on or near local whitewater parks or surf holes of other varieties.  Okay, okay. It’s actually a retentive crossbow-initiated pirouette into a front loop. (If you see anyone actually perform one, they deserve a good pat on the back).

Retentive- A hole or wave that is sticky enough to allow for multiple tricks per ride. (related entry: overly-retentive).

Sic- Not certain how this term came into being.  Scholars maintain the etymology was lost centuries ago.  Loosely interchangeable with the words “awesome” or perhaps “amazing”.
(Editors note: No animals were harmed in the creation of the sentence “that guy threw a sic phonics monkey dude.”)

Side surf- Surfing sideways.  Did you really need someone to explain that to you?

Space Godzilla- Its okay, don’t panic.  This term has nothing to do with early-90’s Japanese film.  The space Godzilla is a trick normally (at least by me) performed on accident when a poorly executed loop goes wrong.  Seriously though, this is a legitimate trick. Sort of an aerial cartwheelish, flippy thing with a twist.

Sticky- Ever accidentally coated your fingertips with aquaseal while trying to repair that pesky drysuit gasket?  Imagine a river wave with giant, gnarled fingers, coated in aquaseal (or sometimes superglue) and those fingers are securely fixed around you and your kayak. At higher levels of this designation, zealous prayer might be your only hope for escape.

Unintendo- The unintentional performance of a spectacular rodeo maneuver (or if you’re really unlucky: multiple maneuvers) in a sticky (see previous entry) hole, only to roll up and find yourself still caught in the guilty hydraulics’s grasp.

Window shade- Highly technical term used to describe the maneuver of multiple, unintentional, retentive rolls in a sticky hole or hydraulic.  Not usually a pleasant experience for the victim; though people on shore often vigorously cheer while the action is being performed (victim remember: the spectators are not cheering for you).  From the victim’s perspective it feels much like this: sky, water, sky, water, sky, water and can repeat indefinitely until victim decides to cut their losses and punch the eject button.  (related entries: chunder, unintendo, sticky)

Rodeo Memorial Day Weekend!!

Home of the 2009 U.S Team Trials
Glenwood Springs Fall 2008

Throw Down
Show Down

Sunday, September 21, 2008

$20 Pre-register @ Glenwood Canyon Kayak
Register 10-11 A.M. Day of – $25
Competitor’s Meeting & Competition @ 11 A.M.
Categories will include: Men & Women; Open, and Junior categories with 5 or more competitors

Check back here for up to date parking information

Biking to the park is strongly encouraged!

NEW!!! Flow guide

Whitewater Park Flow Guide

LESS THAN 2,500 CFS- Low. This is the range of flows that the river is in more often than not. From July through April the Colorado below Glenwood likes to hover between 1,800 to 2,500 cfs, never really getting lower than about 1,300 cfs. The boat chute wave on river right is small but nicely formed, good for carving blunts, endless flatspins, and cartwheels with good technique. The main feature is steep and forceful but not overly retentive. Big loops possible, but tends to flush easier then expected at the corners. Two concrete blocks in the center-right are exposed.

Pictures (<2,500 cfs): from river left/ from bridge/ from river right/ action

2,500-5,000 CFS- Low/Medium. The boat chute holds its nice shape but grows larger and better, performing nicely for kayaks and surfboards. The main feature grows wider, more powerful, and much more favorably shaped. Eddy access from the middle is still good for either side. Huge loops, McNasties and other hole tricks are possible in the hole, and it is retentive enough for extended rides. Water starts spilling over two concrete blocks in center-right around 3,500 cfs. (An aside: the South Canyon Wave, about 3 miles downstream, forms between 3,000 and 4,000 cfs. Though still a big, fast wave, South Canyon has been somewhat overshadowed by the new whitewater park.)

Pictures (2,500 cfs-5,000 cfs): from river left/ from bridge/ from river right/ action

5,000-10,000 CFS- Medium/high. The boat chute wave continues to widen and hold its ideal shape though it is now taller and faster; great for kayaks and surfboards. The main feature starts behaving more like a wave, especially as the level draws closer to 10,000 cfs. The river is moving faster but the hydraulic grows less sticky, making the feature more intermediate-friendly. Eddy access possible until about 6,000 cfs, above which each ride requires a hike. Center-right is unclean and still not consistently breaking.

Pictures (5,000-10,000 cfs): from river left/ from bridge/ from river right/ action

10,000- 15,000 CFS- High. This is the range where the park really starts to shine. A typical runoff peak (usually late May to mid June) often lands in this window. At high water, the park forms one of better manmade big surf waves in the state and possibly the country. The river left side forms a wide and ideally shaped wave with a good pile. All wave tricks are possible though the river lacks the speed necessary to accommodate the big bounces seen on rivers like the Ottawa. Each ride is a hike, though if you are quick back to shore after flushing the hike is short and not strenuous. The less fortunate who get washed too far passed the Midland Bridge will be forced to do the long hike and cross Midland Ave (hopefully not during rush hour) to get back. The boat chute washes out at these levels but the two blocks center–right begin to form a large foam pile with a nice shoulder. This new feature gets better and better as the water rises, and we’ve yet to see a level when it washes out. Though you can catch this center-right feature from the river right eddy, unless there is a rope tow set-up to pull you up the swift water underneath the bridge, you will likely be doing a considerable amount of hiking.

Pictures (10,000- 15,000 cfs): from river left/ from bridge/ from river right/ action

15,000-20,000 CFS- Very High. Although this flow range is often rare, the wave in the park (now merged into one wide, dynamic feature) is amazing. The extra speed of the river gives aerial tricks the bounce they deserve and long rides are still possible. The center-right portion of the wave (Big Ugly) starts to really shine though is intimidating for the less-experienced paddler. The river left portion narrows considerably but becomes bouncier and more dynamic. 15,000 cfs seems to be the “dead-zone” level when the wave is hardest to stay on, but as the river approaches 18,000 cfs and higher, the wave starts to break more consistently again.

Pictures (15,000- 20,000 cfs): from river left/ from bridge/ from river right/ action

Over 20,000 CFS- Epic. Having over 20,000 cfs in the river below the confluence of the Roaring Fork has become a very rare event. Unless the current trend of drier winters changes, these epic levels might occur about once every ten years. Though the Colorado is expected to potentially reach these levels in 2008, we have yet to see them and therefore can only guess at how the wave might react. One thing that can be certain is that the river will likely have a high concentration of logs and other debris at these near-flood stage conditions, and surfers and paddlers should always be wary of encounters with such logs. Spectators on shore will usually yell warnings to paddlers on the wave who might be too preoccupied with their ride to notice the impending peril of approaching deadfall.

Pictures (>20,000 cfs): no pictures availaible (have not yet seen it this high)